Thursday, July 9, 2015

Readers Write In: Harmless Boogers and Videos to Identify



We found this in our house and are worried it is a copperhead was wondering if you think that's what it is or a rat snake? The pictures make it look bigger than it is it is skinny and not as long as the picture makes it look. 

Caroline






Here is a harmless little booger but we can't figure what to call it. Garden, rat, chicken, or grass snake we saved him before he was killed

JT





Hi Dr. Steen,

I am visiting Alabama and while walking with my son in Huntsville, he saw the snake shown in this video we took (below). Can you identify it for us? 

Thanks,
Bob P





Readers: What Are These Animals?
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Snake Identification Post Ground Rules

-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.

-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the goal of these posts.

-You can safely assume that I know what kind of snake is in the picture, I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed.

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